Bridge Street delays this weekend and...Christmas?

This weekend, November 17 & 18, expect delays on Bridge Street as there will be lane reductions between Dickinson Street and Manotick Main Street.  The construction will involve hooking up the Orchard View on the Rideau building to City services which will require a road cut.  This work is taking place on a weekend so as to not disrupt weekday traffic flow.  There will be an Ottawa Police officer directing traffic at Bridge & Main during the peak traffic hours on Saturday and Sunday.  I appreciate your patience and understanding throughout the duration of construction this weekend.

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It's coming!With warmer temperatures this week, we can all hold on to Fall for a little while longer.  Having said that, the next three posts are all about winter and Christmas so please don’t hate me.  On the bright side, I’m not as early as Costco who had Christmas decorations on their shelves in August!

Christmas Card Contest

For the last two years, I have held a Christmas card contest within Kars Public School (2010) and Munster Elementary School (2011).  This year, I’d like to include everyone and encourage kids of all ages to send me drawings that I can choose from for my 2012 Christmas card.  Feel free to be creative in your drawings and include elements of your community at Christmas time.  This is all just for fun and I hope many of our local kids get involved and send me their drawings.  Drawings can be dropped off at the North Gower Client Service Centre on Thursday, November 15th or 22nd between 8:30am and 4:30pm.  They can also be dropped off at the Goulbourn Town Hall Monday-Friday between 9:00am and 4:00pm before November 23rd. If you’d like to send it by mail, please send it to Scott Moffatt, 110 Laurier Avenue West, Ottawa, ON, K1P 1J1.  You can also email the drawings to Scott.Moffatt@ottawa.ca or 613-580-2531.

North Gower Farmers Market

The North Gower Farmers' Market will be holding its Annual Christmas Market on Saturday, December 1st. All of your favourite vendors and artisans will be there with a great selection of one of kind creations, along with a large variety of homemade foods and baked goods.  Once again this year, the Market will be collecting both non-perishable food and cash donations for the North Gower Food Bank.   The market will run from 9:00am until 3:00pm at the Alfred Taylor Recreation Complex, 2300 Community Way, North Gower with free parking and free admission.  For more information please visit www.ngfarmersmarket.com or call 613-489-9794.

Watson’s Mill Christmas Market

The Christmas Market & Art Show is a fun way to officially initiate the ritual of the holiday season. The market is open Saturdays and Sundays, from November 17th until December 2nd, from 10:00am to 4:00pm. There are different vendors and specialty items on each of the weekends, with a good mix of product types.  Visitors will notice many new participants this year as well as some of their returning favourites.  The Christmas Market is hosted at Watson’s Mill, so dress warmly, and the Art Show is hosted in the Carriage Shed.

Blood Donor Clinic

St. Philip’s Catholic Church in Richmond is hosting a Canadian Blood Services Donor Clinic on Friday, November 16th from 4:30-8:30p.  They have open space available and encourage everyone to help make their clinic a success.  You can book appointments online at www.blood.ca or by phone at 1-800-2-DONATE.

Country Kitchen Train-the-Trainer Program

The Train-the-Trainer Program will be offered on November 23rd from 7:00-9:00pm and November 24th from 9:00am-4:00pm at St. John the Baptist Church in Richmond, 67 Fowler St. The Country Kitchen is a self-sustaining, volunteer-run monthly collective cooking program bringing together members of the rural community to prepare, cook, and eat nutritious and budget-conscious meals. A visit to the Country Kitchen includes skills development, safe food handling, recipe and meal planning tips, outreach strategies and program development and fund-seeking tips.

The day and a half training is intended for community members and volunteers interested in leading an ongoing collective kitchen in their rural area. Participants will have a chance to discuss food issues in their communities, be introduced to content development of the ongoing community program, including facilitator and participant guides and enjoy a great meal together prepared for clients of the Richmond Food Bank.

The course is FREE with a donation for the Food Cupboard. Space is limited. Register at 613-591-3686 x498. For more information, contact Julie McKercher at 613-591-3686 x498or by email at mckercher@wocrc.ca.

Flu Shot Clinics

If you're looking for a place to get your flu shot this season, full listings of the clinics being offered are available on Ottawa.ca.

If you have any questions, comments or concerns, please email me at Scott.Moffatt@ottawa.ca or contact me by phone at 613-580-2491.